Les Poupees Gonflees

We are a French female trio in the tradition of the French best Swing Cabaret.

From Swing to Tango, from Django to French Cancan… We deliver original songs based on vocal harmonies, with Ukulele, Accordion, UBass and Funny Percussions.

Polka dot dresses, entertaining staging, humour which speaks to women and makes men laugh, are our fondamentals.

We sing and play in France (festival de Jazz de Versailles, Paris ukulele festival), Spain (Saragossa), Belgium (Ukulele sur Meuse), Ireland (Ukulele Hooley festival), England (Ukulele Festival of Great Britain, Winchester Ukulele Festival), Tchec Republic (Czech Ukulele Festival)…

Mélodie: Voice, Ubass

Bebop: Voice , accordion, guitar

Valérie: Voice, ukulele, chromatic concertina

Valérie writes the songs.

Valérie: I started writing songs in the Poupées Gonflées style about seven years. The ukulele is prominent in our repertoire, I write all the songs with my uke.

Our influences are all good song writters, French (Gainsbourg, Trenet, Mireille et Jean Nohain… but also Django Reinhardt’music…), American (specially jazz and swing (Cole Porter…  all vocal trios in swing style) and all the musics we love! Tango, Bossa nova, African rythmes…

Don’t have no musical taboos whatsoever! If you can play honestly three chords, you can begin to write a good song! Personally, I write all the songs on the uke and check all vocal harmonies with the piano as I only have 2 vocal chords! Sometimes I write first the lyrics, sometimes first the music, there are no constants. Last advice: Never give up before finishing the song!

 

 

 

6 Responses to Les Poupees Gonflees

  1. Craig Robertson 24th June 2017 at 8:56 pm #

    These ladies are a wonderful blend of magic and music. Their songs explode vocally and their vocals harmonies are enchanting. Treat yourself and listen to them now!

  2. Anne-Laure 25th June 2017 at 9:51 pm #

    The songs of these three deliciously French ladies are absolutely delightful. You will enjoy the elegant sensuality of their rythms that will put your body into motion and -if you are lucky enough to understand French- the subtle, poetic and funny lyrcis. Do not miss their performance on stage!

  3. Rita Braga 25th June 2017 at 11:01 pm #

    Polka dot party! Les Poupées might recall the Andrew Sisters for their close harmonies in three voices, but at the same time they sound totally French in the best tradition of chanson, jazz, cabaret, combining many influences with very good taste… full of humor and glamour! Their songs sound like instant classics.

  4. Valéry 26th June 2017 at 8:58 pm #

    Listen to this faboulous band ! their second CD released last year is as delicious as the first one. (You can order direcltly to them and have an autograph !)

  5. Marcarthur 10th July 2017 at 3:01 pm #

    That’s french swing at his best and a must see on stage.
    It’s hot and sweet and the (french) lyrics are something to taste…

  6. Pabby 12th July 2017 at 9:40 am #

    Three times the swing, sass and wits! Lovely melodies coupled with cheeky (French) lyrics that’ll leave you begging for a 3rd album. In the meantime, one of their beautifully staged performances will have to do!

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